ALA Washington Office Submits Report to Obama-Biden Transition Team

Contact: Jenni Terry
ALA Washington Office
202-628-8410
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NEWS
For Immediate Release
December 23, 2008

ALA Washington Office Submits Report to Obama-Biden Transition Team

WASHINGTON, D.C .– The ALA Washington Office submitted a report to the Obama-Biden Transition Team Wednesday, outlining the goals and concerns of the library community that warrant the new Administration’s attention.

The report, titled Opening the “Window to a Larger World,” Libraries’ Role in Changing America, was complied based on input from the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Advisory Council as well as the Committee on Legislation (COL), which held meetings with the ALA Washington Office in the weeks following the 2008 presidential election.

“The American library community looks forward with excitement and hope to the opportunities offered by President-elect Obama’s new Administration,” ALA President Jim Rettig said.

“Libraries already serve as agents for change because they offer individuals, at all stages of life and in all types of communities, the opportunity to access information and education and to develop the essential skills needed to function in the digital age.”

The report can be viewed online at: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/ALA%20Report%20To%20Transi.pdf